ABOUT DEREK DEVRIES
Public Relations | Digital Strategy | Social Media | Speaking | Professing
I'm a life-long geek and have been using "social media" since before it had a name.
I love this stuff and have the benefit of 15 years of immersion in the medium.
If you're in to credentials, I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communications from Grand Valley State University.
I have experience working for several Grand Rapids-based public relations / marketing agencies, and I have over a decade of experience in higher education handling a variety of roles including crisis communications, online reputation management, written social media policy, developed training, and promotion for over a decade with Grand Rapids Community College.
Presently I am a Digital Strategist at Lambert Edwards & Associates, where I get to do great work for fascinating clients. I actually get paid to do illustration sometimes; how cool is that?
I currently serve on the board of the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the board of Well House, as an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University in the School of Communications teaching Public Relations / Advertising, and I'm the professional advisor for the GVSU PRSSA Chapter.